Apple releases iOS 11.3

The new menu, which launches in beta, not only shows you how significantly your iPhone's battery has degraded since you bought it, but also lets you opt out of throttling processing power to extend longevity on a charge.

Apple on Thursday released iOS 11.3, which, perhaps most notably, lets you switch off its controversial slowdown feature and see a breakdown of your battery's health, so you'll know whether it needs to be serviced.

iPhone X users will see new Animoji, including a lion, bear, dragon, and skull. Within the conversation, the vendor can even list items for sale that can be instantly purchased using Apple Pay - all without leaving the app. It is launching in iOS 11.3 as a public beta in the US only, with a limited number of launch partners like Lowe's, Wells Fargo, Discover, and Hilton.

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Apple Music has always been home to music videos, but with iOS 11.3 Apple is beefing up its video game with an increased presence of videos in the Music app, featuring the addition of music video playlists so you can easily watch multiple videos back-to-back.

Additionally, ARKit has been refined to work better with irregularly-shaped surfaces, including circular tables.

The introduction of ARKit with iOS 11 put augmented reality into the hands of hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users, making iOS the world's biggest AR platform.

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Messages in iCloud, a feature first announced at WWDC in 2017, was removed from the final release of iOS 11.3.

Apple simply notes that their latest update to the HomePod software "includes general improvements for stability and quality". A new privacy icon and detailed privacy information will appear whenever Apple asks for access to personal information to enable features, secure Apple services or personalize an iOS experience.

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